From The Examiner:

WASHINGTON (Map, News) – Since January, President Bush has been publicly condemning Congress for what he describes as wasteful spending on “earmarks,” money for projects back home that lawmakers insert into spending bills.

But presidents, including Bush, play the earmark game, too. Bush stuffs his budget with billions for pet projects very much like the ones he attacks when they originate on Capitol Hill, according to taxpayer groups and members of Congress.

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“The president directs 20 times as much spending to special projects than the congress does,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told The Examiner this week.

Democratic House and Senate appropriators point to page after page of specific projects requested by the president in the 2008 spending bills. The actual number, according to watchdog groups, is nearly impossible to tally, but Senate Democrats recently pointed to hundreds, including 580 worth $15.6 billion that Bush included in his appropriation request for military construction and veterans affairs.

The $31.6 billion energy and water spending bill also contains billions in direct spending on projects selected by the Bush administration.


Some presidential earmarks have obvious roots, such as $24 million for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The president earmarked a billion dollars for the Reading First program, which was criticized by government auditors for steering contracts to favored companies. He also sought $8.9 million for the Points of Light foundation, a pet project started by his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

Congress slashed $676 million from Bush’s request for Reading First and eliminated the Points of Light funding.

Bush retaliated by vetoing the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill, which contained the three earmarks and which had ballooned from his request of $141 billion to $153 billion on Capitol Hill. Bush said he is opposed to the cost.


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7 responses to “Fussbudget

  1. nightowl724

    Hahahahaha! Perfect! I dig the idea of Bush playing the role that DeVito did, except for the fact that Bush is a LOT shorter in my book, and of course, doesn’t have enough talent or morals to fill DeVito’s pinky finger.

    Those who didn’t catch DeVito’s Bush-bashing on The View last year may not know this about him (from Wiki): He is an outspoken Democrat and vegetarian. He is a supporter of the OneVoice Movement, a non-profit organization that strives to empower moderate Israelis and Palestinians to take a more assertive role in resolving their conflict.

    Then, there’s this:

    And, this (from The Independent): Aside from film-making, DeVito and Perlman, both long-term Democrats, are committed philanthropists. “I’m very concerned about everything in America just now,” he says. “Those catch phrases like ‘compassionate conservatism’ translate into ‘You do what you want and I’m going to make money.’ They are planning to join former President Bill Clinton in his coalition to side-step politics and big business and fund a large-scale, international charity programme. “I have lost faith in the political system, there’s so much bare-faced lying from elected officials who have abused our trust,” says DeVito.

  2. nonnie9999

    chimpy is more like louie in taxi, although he speaks english only as well as latka.

  3. Friend of the court

    Well, there it is then. I am going to write in Danny DiVito for President. If his twin brother can be Governor, why not?

  4. nightowl724

    Nonnie, I think both Louie & Latka would be insulted!

    FOTC, we need a slogan. How about:

    DeVito! DeVito! He’s so neat-o! Gooooo, Danny!



    Vote for Dan, the little big man! DeVito ’08!

    Oh, well, I guess it’s back to the drawing board. Sigh.

  5. nonnie9999

    danny can’t run. there is a sign on the side of the white house that says you must be this tall to run. it shows the immaturity of the american public that, if you are a man, you have to be tall to run for office and win.
    i just happened to find this after i just wrote that! it’s a quick read and pretty interesting.

  6. nightowl724

    “there is a sign on the side of the white house that says you must be this tall to run.”

    oh, nonnie, you crack me up! But, you’re right – Kucinich being a prime example…

  7. nonnie9999

    too bad there is not a sign outside the oval office that says you have to be this smart to be president!